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Top Ten List of Top Tens

Top Ten Favorite Movies

  1. Casablanca
  2. Shakespeare in Love
  3. A Little Chaos
  4. Beauty and the Beast (Disney version)
  5. XXX
  6. Moulin Rouge
  7. Darjeeling Ltd
  8. The Longest Week
  9. Mulan
  10. Now, Voyager

Top Ten Favorite Songs

  1. Show Must Go On by Queen
  2. Life is Beautiful by Sixx AM
  3. It’s My Life (ballad version) by Bon Jovi
  4. Northside by Tim Brantley
  5. Hold On To Your Dream by Rick Springfield
  6. 50 Ways to Say Goodbye by Train
  7. And So I Pray by Jem
  8. I’m Not Ok by My Chemical Romance
  9. Still Got the Blues by Gary Moore
  10. A Song for You by Ray Charles

Top Ten Favorite Places to spend money

  1. Target
  2. Clinique
  3. Publix
  4. Hallmark
  5. Michael’s
  6. Stein Mart
  7. Dillard’s
  8. Art on Broad
  9. Book Tavern
  10. Barnes and Noble

Top Ten Favorite Causes

  1. Miller Theater
  2. Golden Harvest Food Bank
  3. Augusta Symphony
  4. Leadership Augusta
  5. Child Enrichment
  6. Leukemia Lymphoma Society
  7. Friends of Augusta Animal Services
  8. Salvation Army
  9. Safehomes
  10. Heritage Academy

Top Ten Favorite Writers

  1. David Sedaris
  2. Will Schwalbe
  3. Fr. Gregory Boyle
  4. Adam Grant
  5. DH Lawrence
  6. Atul Gawande
  7. Russell Brand
  8. Elizabeth Gilbert
  9. Joan Didion
  10. Anais Nin
  11. Amor Towles

Top Ten Favorite Bands

  1. Queen
  2. Sixx AM
  3. Linkin Park
  4. Bon Jovi
  5. REM
  6. Matchbox Twenty
  7. Edison Project
  8. Styx
  9. Journey
  10. No Doubt

Favorite Singers

  1. Rick Springfield
  2. Jem
  3. George Michael
  4. Russ Taff
  5. John Mayer
  6. Tim Brantley
  7. David Ford
  8. David Owen
  9. Sade
  10. Edith Piaf

Top Ten Favorite Hotels

  1. Charleston Place
  2. Chateau Elan
  3. Margaritaville Nashville
  4. Vendue Charleston
  5. Hermitage Nashville
  6. Proximity Greensboro NC
  7. Ritz Lodge Lake Oconee
  8. Studio 154 Nashville
  9. Shamrock Ocala
  10. Four Seasons Whistler

 

Top Ten Favorite Foods to Eat

  1. Cinnabon
  2. Shells and Cheese
  3. Takosushi Kevin’s Roll
  4. Guacamole and Chips from Caesar at Poblano’s
  5. Fluff (mine)
  6. Pancakes (mine)
  7. French Toast
  8. Lefse (Dad)
  9. Egg Breakfast Food (Mom)
  10. Lasagne

Top Ten Favorite Books

  1. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  2. Tattoos on the Heart by Fr. Gregory Boyle
  3. 10% Happier by Dan Harris
  4. Books for Living by Will Schwalbe
  5. Selected Poetry of Rilke, trans. Stephen Mitchell
  6. Everybody Always by Bob Goff
  7. Everything that Remains by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
  8. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
  9. Naked by David Sedaris
  10. Give and Take by Adam Grant

11. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Cool Time to Be Alive

I offer the following moment in time for your consideration, a year during which some amazingly cool people lived. The year is 1890, and alive during this brief snapshot of history were 25 individuals whose contributions have an impact on our lives to this day. 

This list started because I’ve always been intrigued that some of my favorite painters and writers were contemporaries. I sometimes wonder if they knew each other, although I know it is not likely. I just like to imagine DH Lawrence sitting at a cafe with Rainer Maria Rilke, telling him that he needs to lighten up and find someone to love. I picture Monet inviting himself to sit down, complaining about the critics of Impressionism. Freud leans in from another table to tell them all that they are stuck in the “id” stage of personality development.

I began to notice other monumental historic celebrities were also cranking out their brilliance around the same time. I did some googling and came up with more important figures, and a few who are lesser known but equallly important. In the end, the list is entirely based on my own personal taste and random whims, but I welcome you to comment and toss in your additions.

I can tell you that as a result of these 25 historic celebrities, Angela’s life is richer. I am able to read my favorite books while listening to impressive music and viewing amazing art, while wearing jeans and eating corn flakes. I can enjoy the conveniences of lights and phones, the priveledge of voting, and the reassurance of the modern nursing system to care for me if I fall ill. I can pursue philanthropic endeavors and engage in esoteric debates about philosophy and psychology. And finally, I can enjoy the world of fashion, rich with colors and textures.

I am not saying that I wish I had been alive during this time, as I willingly acknowledge my spoiled nature could not carry me more than a couple of days without modern amenities. I can, however, express my gratitude to all of these go-getters, whose ambition and ingenuity has propelled me into a far more comfortable and richly diverse existence.

I’m sure you will recognize almost all of these names, with the possible exception of the person who invented the electric guitar, the chemist who brought color to the fashion world and the Reverend who started the Salvation Army. See if you can figure those out.

1. Writers, Poets, Publishers, Philosophers:

D. H. Lawrence 1885-1930

Rilke: 1875-1926

Robert Frost: 1874-1963

Nietzsche: 1844-1900

Joseph Pulitzer: 1847-1911

Stephane Mallarme: 1842-1898

Mark Twain: 1835-1910

2. Academics, Scientists, Inventors:

George Washington Carver: 1864-1943

Sigmund Freud: 1856-1939

Thomas Edison: 1847-1931

Florence Nightingale: 1820-1910

Adolph Rickenbacker: 1886-1976

Alexander Graham Bell: 1847-1922

Sir William Henry Perkin: 1838-1907

3. Business, Philanthropy, Human Rights

Levi Strauss: 1829-1902

John Kellogg: 1852-1943

Andrew Carnegie: 1835-1919

Susan B Anthony: 1820-1906

William Booth: 1829-1912

John D. Rockefeller: 1839-1937

4. Art and Music

Matisse: 1869-1954

Monet: 1840-1926

Van Gogh: 1853-1890

Pablo Picasso: 1881-1973

Tchaikovsky: 1840-1893